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What your Yoga mat shows you…

… when you step on the mat. You can imagine your yoga mat as your mirror. Everything what you experience on your mat is what you experience in your daily life.

What do I mean with it? In your Yoga practice you will be confronted with different situations for example when you are not able to do a pose, when you start to compare yourself with others in the classroom, when you come to a pose which you´ve never done before or when you really want to do an Asana but it´s just not happening yet.

In these situations, you can start to observe yourself. Start to observe your thoughts. What are you telling yourself? Which stories and believes are coming to your mind?

How do you react if you are not able to do a pose?

Do you start to get mad with yourself?

Do you get frustrated?

Do you want to leave the class?

OR

Do you stay calm?

Do you accept the current state and analyze the problem?

Do you ask anyone for help?

How do you react if someone next to you in the yoga class is more flexible or stronger?

Do you start to compare yourself?

Do you feel small? Do you feel emotions of not being enough?

Do you think you will never be like this?

OR 

Do you stay on your own mat with the focus on yourself?

Do you still feel worthy and enough?

Do you think that you can make one day when you put the effort in and start to commit?

Do you think that you can learn and grow?

How do you react if there is a new pose coming up you have never done before?

Do you tell yourself that you will never make it?

Do you have fears to fall? Do you have fears to fail?

Do you have fears to disgrace?

OR

Do you believe in yourself that you can make it?

Do you can overcome your fears?

Do you can trust yourself?

How do you react if you really want to do a pose, but your body will not allow to go into it?

Do you start to push yourself?

Do you start to let your ego take over?

OR

Do you accept the limits of your body?

Do you wait with patience, and are you willing to put the needed work in?

Do you commit to your practice?

And now, can you see the parallels to your daily life?

How do you react if you are not able to fulfill a task which your chef, partner or friend ask you to do? 

Do you start to get mad with yourself?

Do you start to get frustrated?

OR 

Do you ask someone for help?

How do you react if your college or friend can do something better then you?

Do you start to compare yourself? 

OR

Do you take it as a chance to learn and grow.

How do you react if someone gives you a new task?

Do you start to get stressed or do you take it as a welcome challenge?

Yoga shows you YOUR STRATEGIES how to handle different situations.

And now you can look over those behaviors and ask yourself: “Does it serves me?”

Do I get the results I want if I keep going like this? And if not, what alternative strategy could I use to get to the point I want to be?

Your yoga mat is always there for you to start changing your behavior. Your yoga mat will not judge you and will not leave you. Your yoga mat is your playground to observe your thoughts and strategies and a perfect opportunity to change them if needed.

Instead of getting frustrated and leaving immediately because a pose was not happening, you can stay on your mat and maybe ask your teacher for some advice how you can work on it. Instead of being frustrated because your cake didn´t rise you can ask your friend for help. 

Instead of pushing your body in Asanas which he just doesn’t like you can start to accept your own limitations and shift your focus on all the other Asanas you can do. Instead of pushing yourself to do things you don’t really like bring more things into your life you enjoy.

Instead of comparing yourself to others and not feeling enough, take the person as inspiration and as a notice to grow. Instead of being jealous of your neighbor because of his big house start to learn something about money and investment.

See your yoga practice as your mirror. Everything you experience on your mat you experience in your daily life. It’s your own reflection of yourself. How you act and react on your mat that’s how you will act and react in your life. How you see yourself on you mat that’s how see yourself in the world.

Lots of love and courage to look in your mirror.

Yours Tami ❤ 

This blog article is inspired by Nathania Stambouli

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